Monday, June 24, 2013

NCAA tweaks college basketball replay, block-charge rules


— An NCAA panel voted Monday to expand the use of replay review in college basketball, and instituted the 10-second backcourt rule for the women's game.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved a tweak to the charging-blocking foul in the men's game and gave referees leeway when it comes to penalties for accidentally elbowing an opponent above the shoulders.

The approved changes from the panel's conference call are effective immediately.

Under the replay change, officials can use video review to confirm a shot-clock violation or determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.

Changes also were made for reviewing 3-pointers. For the first 36 minutes of play, officials must wait until the next media timeout to review whether a shot was a 3-point field goal. In the last four minutes of the game and the entire overtime, officials will go to the monitor immediately to determine whether a field goal was a 3.

Officials also can use the monitor to determine which player committed a foul. Previously, they were only allowed to use the monitor to determine the free-throw shooter.

The women's game will be played with a 10-second rule next season, meaning the team with possession must advance the ball past midcourt within 10 seconds or it's a turnover. Before the change was approved, teams could use as much of the 30-second shot clock as they wanted to move the ball past half-court.

The change to the charging-blocking foul and a list of points of emphasis for officials is designed to spark an offensive bump for the men's game. The scoring average in Division I last season was 67.5 points, the lowest since 1981-82. Scoring has declined each of the last four seasons in Division I.

The defender is no longer able to slide into the offensive player's path to the basket at the last moment and draw a charge. The defender has to be in position when the player on offense starts his upward motion with the ball. In addition, greater emphasis is being placed on calling fouls on defensive players who keep a hand or forearm on an opponent or use an arm bar to impede the progress of an opponent.

When it comes to an elbow above the shoulders, referees will be allowed to use a video monitor to determine the severity of the blow. If deemed inadvertent, the referee could call a player-control foul or even nothing.

Previously, a referee was required to call a flagrant-1 or flagrant-2. A flagrant-1 results in two free throws and possession for the offended team. A flagrant-2 adds an ejection for the offending player.

The panel also approved changes for wrestling and swimming and diving.


The_poster_kusports_needs 5 years, 7 months ago

Checking every 3-pointer in the last 4 minutes? Way to make the game grind to a complete halt...

Cmill1221 5 years, 7 months ago

Not every 3point shot. Just ones that the ref didn't get a look at. I like it (Deric Rose 2008)

The_poster_kusports_needs 5 years, 7 months ago

wrestling and swimming and diving and and and and and

Kelly Hanrahan 5 years, 7 months ago

"Swimming and diving" is the name of 1 sport. If the names of the two sports in the article were baseball and field hockey you would not view the usage of "and" as being unusual. There is no way to combine "swimming and diving" with "wrestling" by using the word and without having " and __ and."

Eric TheCapn 5 years, 7 months ago

A comma should be used in this case. "wrestling, and swimming and diving."

The larger issue I have is, what are the rule changes to those sports? I suppose basketball is all that matters; it IS why I read this article. Still....

Micky Baker 5 years, 7 months ago

The change to the charge/block rule will stop a lot of the acting on charges on drives to the basket if it is applied as described. Once a player is going up for a shot, the player won't be able to slide in to draw a charge, as if the defender on that guy was beaten, you got beat to the basket and the defense will have to rotate faster. I think that's a good change.

As it was being called, a lot of the times a player wasn't out of control and got called for a foul. Some teams are going to be really angry about this. The rule on being able to use replay to determine which player committed a foul could prove controversial. For example, if a ref doesn't see a foul committed, and they call a foul on another guy. I would like to see some clarification so that they don't use replay to call a foul on a guy unrelated to the play involving the foul that they called. For example, If a guy reaches in and fouls a guy on a drive, doesn't get called, but the defender fouls the player on the shot, will they be able to call the reach in foul instead? This could lead to post players being protected. This could be very controversial in close games.

texashawk10 5 years, 7 months ago

They aren't going to use replay to go back and find fouls that the officials missed. I have a feeling this rule change had quite a bit to do with KY claiming a foul in the Michigan game that should've gone to Withey and would've been Withey's 5th foul.

Tim Orel 5 years, 7 months ago

I thought that was the Iowa State game in Ames, but I could just not be remembering one from the Sweet Sixteen.

texashawk10 5 years, 7 months ago

I think you're right that it was the ISU game in Ames.

TxJyHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

It was the Iowa State game in Ames. But I do agree that this change is a direct result of that call :)

Lance Cheney 5 years, 7 months ago

And the block/charge rule change would've prevented Withey's 4th foul prior to that, when Niang (I believe) slid under him (which was a bad call,even under the old rule), which consequently would've only given Withey 4 fouls when KY took his at the end of the game. This is the part that a lot of non-KU fans don't realize from that game.

mojayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

The emphasis on calling fouls on defensive players who keep a hand or forearm on an opponent or use an arm bar to impede the progress of an opponent.

This is designed to eliminate hand checking? If so, I don't like this rule. Rules should help players get ready for the NBA and this is nowhere close to how it is applied in the League.

Furthermore, if I am understanding this correctly, this new emphasis will potentially add many more fouls to the game, of the "ticky tack" variety. The last thing we need is more of these.

Jeffrey Nichols 5 years, 7 months ago

Couldn't disagree more. The NBA isn't really basketball, it is a show for talented athletes to try and showcase their abilities. Nothing in college basketball should be geared towards getting somebody ready for the NBA from an overall rules aspect. Watching parts of the NBA Finals once again reminded me of the ridiculousness of the NBA. 3 and 4 steps and no travel. Calls for LeBron because he's LeBron. It is infuriating to watch. College basketball is amazing because they actually play basketball, and arm bars by a smaller defender, perpetually pushing on an offensive player, are a foul. Always have been, the refs just often didn't call it, especially when the defender was smaller. People like Aaron Craft for Ohio State will finally be exposed for what they are - hyper aggressive and not that talented defensively.

jhox 5 years, 7 months ago

Hand checking and using the forearm have always been against the rules. They shouldn't have to make it a point of emphasis but when officials ignore the rule, they have little choice I guess. Personally, I would like to see emphasis on calling fouls when the ballhandler's arm is pulled away from the ball. The old interpretation was the hand is part of the ball but the arm was not. Most slaps downward to strip the ball were called fouls. To get a clean strip you had to attack the ball from below. Now guys routinely grab and slap the forearm without fouls being called, or being called rarely. Coaches teach kids to defend that way, and they should, because it creates a defensive advantage. Unfortunately, the game isn't nearly as pretty to watch.

The rules are in place to bring back offense. Unfortunately officiating style has evolved away from a strict interpretation of the rules. Now officials are trained to try to interpret whether the rule violation created a competitive advantage, and that makes it all very subjective, which is why you see big variances in how the game is called. Want to clean up the game and improve offensive output? Call the game as the rules are written. If that means the star player fouls out in 10 minutes, so be it. They'll figure it out after a couple of games and it won't be a problem. TV is the other issue. It's an officials job to move along a game. ESPN likes a nice, tidy two hour game so they can move on to the next one. If officials call everything they see the game would go 3 hours. It started with John Thompson's Georgetown teams. Play a 9 guy rotation and hack the heck out of the other team until the refs figure out they can't call every foul. Frustrate them into swallowing their whistles. That's how the game has evolved, but not necessarily for the better.

Eric TheCapn 5 years, 7 months ago

They should indeed call the games like the rules are written. In fact, to make it interesting this year, KU should play Emporia State by the original Naismith rules. I volunteer to be on ladder/peach-basket duty.

KUFan90 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't like making the elbow to the head potentially a "no call". I agree it shouldn't be an automatic flagrant 1 but I think it should at least be an automatic "normal" player control foul.

jhox 5 years, 7 months ago

Sometimes a guys elbow inadvertently hits someone above the shoulders while making a basketball move. Refs didn't have the authority to decide if it was inadvertent under the old rule. It was automatic. This is a good change. If a defender is crowded too close and a guy is making a pass and his elbow makes contact with the defender's head, it is the defender's fault and the offensive player shouldn't be penalized. That's what this rule attempts to fix.

rockchalk_dpu 5 years, 7 months ago

I think the NCAA started to see that defenders were using this rule to their advantage and causing dangerous plays by sticking their face into the defender with the intent to try and draw elbows. It used to be legal and coached/encouraged for a player to chin the ball and pivot making a basketball move to clear space so long as they weren't swinging their elbows. It's hard to determine intent, but I like the ability to look at the play and adjust a foul when necessary. There were a few times when Travis got caught with his elbows up and the defender initiated contact leading to a flagrant 1 so hopefully we won't see this as much next season.

Andy Godwin 5 years, 7 months ago

"Under the replay change, officials can use video review to confirm a shot-clock violation or determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime." Never understood why a bad call in the first 38 minutes is okay, while NCAA officials need to make sure everything is correctly called during only the last 2 minutes. Calls early also influence the outcome of the game. Either implement a change in the rules for the entire game or eliminate completely.

dylans 5 years, 7 months ago

Because watching refs huddle around a monitor is boring.

Brad Farha 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't know, some of those NCAA refs are hot!

rockchalk_dpu 5 years, 7 months ago

We as fans certainly don't want to see the refs use the monitor as a crutch throughout the entire game to make sure everything they do is correct, but I totally agree that it gives the false impression to fans that the final few minutes of a game are more important than the rest of the game. HCBS had some great comments during the fallout of the Iowa State game to this effect that reinforced the point you are making. If I remember correctly, he basically said that these type of calls give teams less of a chance to counter or recover, but that a bad call in the first 2 minutes that sits a player could have just as much of an impact on the game as a bad call in the final 2 minutes.

justinryman 5 years, 7 months ago

In a related story, Coach K and Duke have filed an appeal against all the blocking calls that will go against his team in the 2013-14 season. In a statement by coach K he was quoated as saying, "It's like nobody wants us to play good solid D that I have coached for the last 10 years." He went on to ask, "When are they going to start fining players for flopping?"

In a rebutle quote by an unnamed source inside the NCAA, "Hey if a Duke player can buy a diamond ring for 30K, they can pay the fines for flopping."

KGphoto 5 years, 7 months ago

Add an extra 10-15 minutes to every game. $$$$

I remember when games were about 1 hour 30 min. Next year it will probably be 2 hours 15 min.

rawheadrex 5 years, 7 months ago

The NCAA is becoming more like congress and state legislatures. The vagrants who populate all of these miscreant groups, elected by the public, think they must create new rules and regulations every occasion to justify their miserable existences. Would that they examine existing laws, rules and regulations and remove, reform and refine. No, that would demand thought, forbearance and integrity; qualities sadly lacking at all levels of American society today. People get the government they deserve and this is no less.

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